GMSV has released new information for the 2024 C8 Corvette, including more details regarding the eagerly anticipated Z06.
DriveLife went to the reveal of the car a few weeks ago, where pricing couldn’t be announced – until now.
“We’re thrilled to announce a series of updates to the upcoming MY24 C8 Corvette, additions which will make an already phenomenal performance vehicle all the more outstanding,” said Greg Rowe, Director of GMSV.
“Included in this exciting news is more information about the sensational new Z06, a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine Supercar manufactured right-hand drive and featuring an exquisite power plant, hand assembled by a master engine builder at the home of Corvette, the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.”
The new MY24 C8 Corvette will be available with a number of enhancements which add to the safety credentials as well as the visual appeal of one of the most popular two-seat sports cars available, says GMSV.
New safety features include Forward Collision Alert with Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and Intellibeam Auto High Beam Assist
Additional visual cues include a wider, full length Carbon Flash stripe design with five new colour options: Silver, Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange. Rounding out the updates is a new ‘frunk’ (front trunk) power soft close latch.
The first MY24 Corvette Z06 are anticipated to arrive in GMSV showrooms in Australia and New Zealand late this year. GMSV says customers can contact their local dealer to be added to current waitlists.
The Corvette Z06 features a naturally aspirated LT6 5.5L DOHC V8 engine with an all-new flat-plane crankshaft design which allows the engine to rev to 8,600 rpm. It is capable of producing 475kW of power and 595Nm of torque and, when combined with the Z07 Performance Package, is capable of 1.22g of road hugging grip in track prepared configuration.
Stopping prowess is provided by large 14.6-inch-diameter (370mm) front and 15-inch diameter (380mm) rear Brembo rotors. The Z06 has six-piston front callipers compared to four-piston callipers on the Stingray.
A shorter 5.56 final drive ratio is a characteristic of the Z06, and power is delivered to the ground via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
A unique Z06-specific suspension tuning is a standard feature of the new model, complemented by Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 (FE6).
The largest wheels ever available on a production Corvette, 20-inch forged aluminium ‘Spider’ wheels at the front and 21-inch at the rear, provide surefooted grip.
All Z06 available via the GMSV network will come specified with the 3LZ trim, coupe as standard, which includes a steering wheel beautified with carbon fibre, shift paddles made from carbon fibre, sueded microfibre on the upper interior trim, leather-wrapped interior door panels and instrument panel, as well as GT2 bucket seats with Napa leather upholstery and carbon fibre garnish.
An optional Z07 Performance Pack is also available, featuring the addition of larger brakes with carbon ceramic rotors; carbon fibre aerodynamic elements including air strikes, larger front splitter, front dive planes and carbon fibre high wing spoiler; unique suspension tuning; ultra-performance tyres; and carbon fibre wheels.
“We appreciate this may disappoint many performance enthusiasts, but at the same time it will ensure those who do become a Z06 owner will know they possess a very special piece of automotive folklore.”
The innovative model is the first electrified Corvette and will feature an e-AWD system that works in tandem with its LT2 V8 engine to give it the fastest 0 to 100kmh time ever for this legendary nameplate.
E-Ray features a host of functional design elements, adding wider fenders, quarter panels and fascias. The result is a sleek, sculpted presence with a number of aerodynamic and performance benefits. More information about the Corvette E-Ray will be available in 2024.
2024 Chevrolet Corvette | Pricing Information
|MY24 C8 Corvette Stingray (includes GST, excludes dealer delivery and on road costs)|
Brace yourself; the cost of the Z06 in 3LZ trim in New Zealand will carry an RRP of $346,000 including GST, plus dealer delivery and on road costs.
This same model costs US$120,245, in the USA, and that converts to NZ$196,671 at the exchange rate when this article was written. In the USA, the Z06 is already claimed as a performance bargain, equal to Ferrari in performance and handling but at half the cost. It certainly doesn’t feel like the same bargain in New Zealand.
Not only that, but according to GMSV, dealers remain free to determine the prices at which they will offer and sell the vehicle to customers. This applies to all Corvette models.
TBA in 2024